Spots and Dots for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great week so far.  The month of October is flying right through and I know once Halloween gets here, it will be the end of the year before we know it!

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week!  We are looking for “Spots and Dots” on your creations this time!  We look forward to seeing your take on this one!

For my card, I decided to keep it rather simple as I needed a card for my brother’s birthday this past weekend, so I didn’t want to add too much to it:

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This card is using items from the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday Limited Edition card kit which has since been sold out, but I know that you can still purchase a few of the items that were included in the kit.

I started out by taking the SSS Celebrate stencil from the kit and spread on some Deco Foil Transfer Gel over a white piece of cardstock from the kit and let it completely dry before moving on.  After it was dry, I took the Rainbow Shattered Glass transfer foil sheet and put it through my laminator.  It looks so pretty and shinny with a wow factor to it!  I cut this piece down and layered it over a black scallop square die cut panel.  I then layered these pieces over the green colored Tim Holtz Metallic paper from the kit.

For the square card, I used a black top folding 4.25″ black card base and then layered another piece of that green metallic paper over it.  I took a ‘dotted’ piece of paper from the Honey Bee Over the Rainbow papers (included in the kit) and layered it over top of the metallic green.  Then I added my foiled balloons panel over this.

Lastly, I took the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday stamp set and white heat embossed it over a piece of black cardstock that I trimmed down to a banner and popped up over the card with some foam tape.

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I really didn’t want to add too much more to it as it was for a male and I think with all of that foil and shine, it really didn’t need much else!  I think it’s fun, simple and really cheery looking especially with that foiling done.

I was able to pop this in his door before we left for the weekend and he let me know that it brightened up his day, so that was great to hear!

I know that I’m getting this fun kit out again very soon as I am in need of another birthday card to send to someone that needs a good birthday cheer and I’m happy to do it!  Besides, this kit looks to be so much to play with for sure!  🙂

Be sure to join us over the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

**Please scroll down if you care to see some personal photos of our recent trips!**

Challenges:

  1.  Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1941 Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – Sparkle
  3. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  5. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC243 Masculine Anything GoesWWC243 - Heidi's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

**Below are some photos and details of our recent trips if you’re interested!**

Now I wanted to be sure to share some photos with you as promised from hubby and my last two weekends out and about with our shenanigans!  LOL

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The first weekend in October we visited Hannibal, MO and visited the Mark Twain museum and even went for a tour in the Mark Twain Cave!  It was very interesting!  You couldn’t be claustraphobic as there were a few tight areas in there!  I didn’t get any photos of the cave, but it’s so amazing in person!

This photo above shows us after we came back down from seeing the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse.  As you can see there are several steps to get up there, but what you don’t see is how many steps we took just to get to the point of where we are in the photo too! Whew!

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My husband finally decided to take me on that cruise…along the Mississippi River that is! LOL!  They had a Mark Twain Riverboat tour that we took and it was a fun boat to check out along the river while listening to the stories from the captain.

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So while listening to the stories from the Captain on the riverboat cruise, we heard about the story of “Lover’s Leap” and so we decided to investigate it before we left.  In the background you can see a view of the Mississippi River.  It was pretty up there and a long way down!


So we came back home for some “downtime” and to unwind before going out this last weekend for another trip near the Starved Rock Park area:

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We decided to get going in the morning but it had really cooled down over night and we knew starting out we would need our heavy coats.

And all I can say is that the photos do not do justice to what it was actually like over here.  It is absolutely gorgeous!  The photo above is our “lowest level starting point” during our ‘hike’ and that is the Illinois River behind us.

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We came through the Visitor’s Center and briefly went through the small museum and started going through some of the trails.  They seemed to wind all over the place with many different areas to go to!

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The main trail going straight was a slow incline and then several stairs to go upwards to where the top of Starved Rock was.  Here we are at the top along with tons of other people.  That is the Illinois River behind us again.  This was later in the day as you see the sun shining on us and getting warmer.

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And here we are with this gorgeous feature behind us among the trees where shelves of rock walls lay and water running down.  It had warmed up enough for me to take my heavy coat off while walking around.  I think we look more serious as we were trying to capture the pretty view behind us.  LOL!  Nothing like seeing it in person of course!  (I just wish I was able to do more than what we did, but was still excited about what we did accomplish!)

We wanted to get up the next day and try to walk around a small town festival going on along with catching a tour to the Reddick Mansion later that day before we left, but we weren’t able to get there and had to get back home. (I will try again another day.)

This was fun to just get out and enjoy nature especially this time of the year.  I look forward to many more fun little trips in the future…especially with the love of my life!

Thanks so much for stopping in and sharing a bit of myself with you!  Wishing you a beautiful day friends!

It’s Halloween at Cute Card Thurday!

Hello friends!  Has the weather been cooling down for you yet?  We are supposed to get much cooler than normal over my way this weekend!  Night time low around 36 degrees is a bit too chilly this time of year!  I need Fall to last! 🙂

Today starts up a new challenge this week for Cute Card Thursday!  The theme for this one is “Halloween“!!  So if you still have some more Halloween cards or treat projects, etc that you need to make, please share it with us!  We look forward to seeing what you make!

For my card, I thought it would be fun to use another Whimsy Stamps October digital stamp with a Halloween theme:

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This cute little witch is called Witch Cinnamon and I’ve used her in a little different way from the original version for my card.

First thing I did was take some black cardstock and used an embossing folder for the trees in the background.  I took a white ink pad over it so the embossing stands out a bit better over it.  I layered this onto a piece of purple cardstock and then added it over an A2 sized top folding black card base.

I took a circle die and cut it out with some yellow glitter cardstock which I then popped up with some black craft foam that I also cut out with a circle die.  I took the bat die and also die cut some bats from black glitter card stock and attached them over the design along with the witch image that is “flying” in front of the moon.  I black heat embossed (sparkly black EP) the sentiment from a Simon Says Stamp Frightful Fun set over purple card stock that I cut into a banner over the design.  I then added a thin strip of green glitter card stock at the bottom of the card.

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For this photo, I tried shutting the lights off so that you can see the “green dots” in the sky that glow in the dark!  These are Nuvo Glow Drops Neon – Apple Sour that I added for the dots in the sky area.  I’ve also taken a Stampin’ Up! punch from my stash and added some purple colored stars around the area too.  If you compare this photo to the one above, you can see that with the light on, the drops are a bit more translucsent.  When the lights are dimmed, you can see the glow-in-the-dark effect!

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I’ve zoomed in on how I’ve colored up this cutie for my card.  She’s colored with Copic markers and colored pencils.  If you take a look at the original image, you can see that I have decided to fussy cut out just the witch as I wanted her flying in front of a full bright glittery moon!  She still looks pretty cool if you were to cut her out entirely with a circle die too! 🙂

I’ve used a colored pencil to create a nice little “moon glow” on one side of her and in some areas along the top of her where I thought the moon would be glowing some light on her.

I’ve also used a white gel pen for her checks and for highlighting on her stockings.  I also used a silver gel pen to color in the buckle on her hat.  Hard to see in the photo, but behind her broom, I took a glitter pen to add a bit of shimmer where she was flying.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and been inspired to create some Halloween projects soon!  Please be sure to share it with us over on the Cute Card Thursday blog for your chance to win a prize from our sponsor (All Dressed Up)!  Best of luck!


Don’t forget to continue to check out the Whimsy Stamps blog this entire month for the annual “31 Nights of Halloween“!  Click on the badge below for details!!

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Here’s the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today with affiliate links:

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Challenges this card was entered for:

  1.  Aud Sentiments – Halloween/Fall + sentiment
  2. Brown Sugar – October Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – #366 Anything Goes
  4. Daisy Chain – Pink or Halloween
  5. Simply create Too – Anything Goes with optional:  Spooky/Scary
  6. Fab ‘n’ Funky – Halloween
  7. Little Red Wagon – Cut it Out!

Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  And here we are almost the first week in October coming to a close!  Wow, time goes so quickly I can’t keep up with it! LOL!

It’s Thursday and time for a brand new challenge over at the Cute Card Thursday Challenge blog!  The challenge for this week is our monthly “Anything Goes” theme with our sponsor Whimsy Stamps!  So be sure to check out the challenge and play along with us!

Since Whimsy Stamps is having their annual “31 Days of Halloween” celebration going on, I thought it would be fun to add in with the spookiness of it all:

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Now how cute is this little frankenstein girl?!  She could be a trick-or-treater coming around the tree with her arms out trying to walk like a frankenstein to scare you, but I’m giggling! 🙂    This digital cutie is called, of course, Frankie by CC Designs for Whimsy Stamps.

I wanted to create a spooky scene for her (you know, to help with her trying to be scary and all!)  So I took a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and made a circle mask for the glowing moon and placed it where I wanted it go and began ink blending around it with some Carved Pumpkin disress ink.  I then went over that a bit with some Twisted Citron and then worked my way with Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord and Black Soot for the bottom portion.  I removed the mask and went over circle with some Squeezed Lemonade.  I wanted lots of stars in the sky, so I first sprayed the background with water and picked up the colors, then I added some “dots” with a white gel pen.  I know it won’t show up in the photos, but I sprayed the background with some shimmer spray which really makes the background so sparkly.

To finish the scene I took the Whimsy Stamps No-See All Seasons Tree die set and cut the tree out from the Whimsy stamps Rustic Wood and Brick digital papers and then sponged around the edges of it with some Black Soot distress ink.  I also took the grass die from that set and cut out 3 pieces of it with black cardstock for the ground.  I took the sentiment and spider image from the Simon Says Stamp Spook Up Some Fun stamp set and added it to the scene.  I had an older Whimsy Stamps Halloween die cut set that I cut the bat from black cardstock and added to the scene too.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve colored it in.  I tried to capture the sparkle in the background, but it just doesn’t show up like it does in person.  You can see for the “streaks” in her hair that I’ve used a purple gel pen so it’s glittery.  I’ve also used that same gel pen for the trim on her outfit.  I used a silver gel pen for the “bolts” from her neck/face area.  She was fussy cut out and attached to the scene.  I took a glitter pen and went over her skirt too.

I’ve used Copic markers to color her in with and you can view/purchase these at Whimsy Stamps by CLICKING HERE or you can click on the numbered links below for a specific color I’ve used:

  • Frankie’s Hair and Shoes – C8, C7, C5, C3, C1
  • Frankie’s Skin – YG67, YG63, YG61
  • Frankie’s Outfit – V20, V17, V15, V12, YG11, C3, C1

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Of course I needed to make it even more spooky by adding some plastic spiders to the scene!  And yeah….if I see a real spider…you’d be hearing a very high pitched scream coming from me!! LOL!!  Not a fan…but pretend is just fine!  Let’s just hope I don’t drop one on the floor and see it later and scream! LOL!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my spooky Halloween card today and please join the challenge this week over at Cute Card Thursday for your chance to win from our sponsor!

Thanks for stopping in and I’ll see you soon for World Card Making Day on Saturday!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products I’ve used on my card today with the affiliate links when you click on the photo or links within my post:

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Challenges I’d like to enter for this card:

  1.  Creatilicious – Anything Goes with optional: use a punch
  2. Pearly Sparkles – Spooky and/or Cute
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  4. Addicted to Stamps and More! – Anything Goes #361Anything Goes badge
  5. Crafting by Designs – Anything Goes

 

 

Cute Card Thursday is Sentimental

Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great week so far!

Today starts a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and the theme for this week is “Sentimental“.  We look forward to seeing your interpretation with your creations for this challenge!  Our sponsor is Crafty Doodle Chick, so be sure to play along for your chance to win!

Here’s how I’ve interpretated the challenge this week:

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I really love sentiment stamps and sometimes they just seem to get used when you need to add a sentiment with your design.  I actually like to use them as not only the focal point of a design, but I like to also use them for backgrounds!

For my card today, I have used an older Simon Says Stamp card kit. (Nov 2016)  I really loved the font and the wording in this set and the different sizes that you can mix together.  The images are from the SSS Thankful Heart stamp set.

I started by stamping two of the images from the set with white ink over the A2 sized top folding card base and then added some papers from the card kit on the bottom portion.  I took a piece of white twine around the center of the card and added a button and bow.

The heart was die cut from a piece of cardstock from the kit with a stitched heart die and then I white heat embossed the sentiment and added some craft foam behind it before attaching it to the card.  I’ve also added a couple of hearts that were cut from white cardstock.

Very simple card, but a good one to have on hand for someone!  I hope you’ve enjoyed it and please be sure to join along with us this week!

Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Double D – Focus on the Sentiment
  2. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + Sentiment
  3. Retro Rubber – rrcb120 – Anything Goes + stamps older than 1 year (circa 2016)6a01b8d066dc39970c0240a4d5b421200b-320wi
  4. Shopping Our Stash – embossing
  5. Sweet Stampers – Use a Sentiment
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

Dies & Punches for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s time for a new Cute Card Thursday challenge!  This week we’d like to see those “Dies &/or Punches” on your creations this week!  These are some of my favorite tools to use in my craft room and we’re looking forward to seeing your take on this challenge!

Here’s what I’ve made for it:

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Nothing says “Fall” to me like those ripe apples ready to be picked and especially to make a yummy carmel apple with as well!  I had so much fun pulling out several of my Lawn Fawn stamps and dies to make this interactive card design!  I haven’t played with my Lawn Fawn stuff for quite a while, so it was time! 🙂

For the interactive pull tab mechanism, I’ve used the Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider dies along with the Caramel Apple , Thanks a Bushel and Jump for Joy stamp sets to put together this card.  I’ve also used the Jump for Joy and Thanks a Bushel dies to cut out some of the images on my card.  For the pull tab at the top, I took a sentiment from the Push Here stamp set to stamp the “pull here”.

For part of the layers in the card, I took an older Scallop rectangle die no longer available from Lawn Fawn for the white layer.  I’ve also used some Woodgrain cardstock that I’ve sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink along the edges of it and the plaid paper which is no longer available from LF.  For the layer behind the apple panel and the base of the card I’ve used the LF Sunflower cardstock.

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Here’s a closer look at the image that I’ve got colored up with Copic markers.  I just stamped them over some Copic blending card.  For the inside slider where the caramel apple is, I didn’t want to add any layers to it so that it would slide freely.

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Here’s what the card looks like with the slider hidden inside.  I just added some twine to the end of the pull tab at the top.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my interative card design today using lots of fun dies!  Be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along with us this week!

Thanks so much for dropping in today and I’ll be seeing you soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  Lawn Fawnatics – Awesome Autumn61-autumn-lawn-fawnatics
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Interactive
  3. Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Lawn Fawn Collaboration – LF products
  4. Double Trouble – Thing 1:  Mad for Plaid, Thing 2:  Use Your Stuff Challenge entry (see below), Thing 3:  Tag &/or Frame
  5. Use Your Stuff – Tag &/or Frame
  6. Sheepski Designs – Die Cuts &/or Punches
  7. Little Red Wagon – Fruit

It’s Autumn at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Thank you for joining me!  I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far!  It’s a tad bit warmer than what I’d like to see it be in September for sure, so I’m hoping it cools down soon!

Today starts a new challenge this week for Cute Card Thursday.  This week we’d like to see your “Autumn” creations.  We look forward to seeing what you create for it!

Here’s what I’ve made using one of our sponsor’s images:

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This little squirrel is so sweet and I love how the tail on him was designed!  This is called “Bushy Tail” from All Dressed Up.  They’re sponsoring the challenge this week, so please be sure to play along for a chance to win!

I’ve dug out some papers from my Autumn stash of papers and picked some out that I thought would go with this image.  I layered a strip over a 5″ square piece of dark gray cardstock that I embossed with a leaf embossing folder that I was finally able to use!  I sponged a bit of white ink over the raised areas.

I also took some score tape and ran it down the center of the card and added some glitter over it and burnished it in.  The image panel was popped up over the card with foam tape.  I added some twine around each corner of the image panel along with a bow that I’ve placed a pearl in the center.

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Here’s a closer look at the squirrel image that I’ve colored in with Copic markers.  I wanted to keep the squirrel looking a bit softer, so I’ve used some lighter colors.

During the fall is a good time to view all of the squirrels running around our yard trying to burry their nuts.  We seem to find them in silly places sometimes as they save them for later! LOL!

I die cut the image with a scalloped square die and sponged around the edges with some Pumice Stone Distress Ink and layered it over a piece of the dark gray and then layered it again over a piece of kraft cardstock.

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Please be sure to visit us over at the Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the design team has for inspiration too.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

Challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything Goes + ADU image #96
  2.   Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  3. Allsorts – Autumn
  4. Crafty Friends – Autumn Colors
  5. Creative Moments – Anything Goes with optional Fall Colors
  6. Sunday Stamps – SSC213 “Autumn Whisper” colorsSSC213

It’s Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  Here we are with the first week of September already coming to the end!  Wow!  I think it may be time to start thinking about that “C” word! (Christmas of course!)

Today is a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday today and we have our first of the month “Anything Goes” challenge this week!  We our sponsored again by the lovely Whimsy Stamps, so be sure to enter for a chance to win a fun prize!

Here’s what I’ve made with our sponsor’s product:

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I’ve used this really sweet digital image from Whimsy Stamps called “Penguins Under the Mistletoe” and of course Crissy’s penguins are so fun to color up!

I have followed a sketch for my design using a challenge (see below) and have pulled out some older papers in my stash that I thought looked really festive and went with the colors I have picked out.

I white heat embossed the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments on the green colored layer and popped the image panel layered in red cardstock over top with some foam tape.

I’ve taken some silver glitter paper and die cut a few snowflakes from the Whimsy Stamps No-See All Season Tree die set along with cutting a strip for the top of the card too.

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Here’s a closer view of the image so you can see how I’ve colored it up.  I’ve used the following Copic colors below.  You can view/purchase Copic at Whimsy Stamps by CLICKING HERE or click on the numbered links below:

  • penguin bodies:  C8, C7, C5, C3, C1, R20, R00, Y38, Y35, Y32
  • Santa Hat and Candy Cane:  R39, R37, R35, R32, BG000
  • Mistletoe:  YG67, YG61 (berries are red Nuvo Drops)
  • Hat and Scarf:  BB26, B24, B21, BG000
  • Gift:  G09, G07, Y17, Y15, Y11
  • I used BG000 for snow ground shadows

I went around the edges of the image panel with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and the ink foam blending tool.  I ten took my quicky glue pen and added some dots for the snow as well as underneath the penguins and sprinkled on some glitter.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and please be sure to stop on over to the Cute Card Thursday Blog to check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team and play along with us!

Thanks for stopping in and I’ll see you again tomorrow for something fun!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products with affiliate links used on my card today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this for:

  1.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
  2. Sketch Saturday – Pick any sketch from 215-578 (I chose sketch #356)356
  3. Merry Little Christmas – Anything Christmas Goes
  4. Love to Craft – September Anything Goes
  5. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP1935 Anything Goes
  6. ABC Christmas Challenge – ‘S’ & ‘T’ are for Sparkle and Texture